For those of you who’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know I’ve had epic travels over the past year, with the bulk of my time recently being spent in dreary and drab London. The beer and pubs were great, but I would have lost my sanity if it weren’t for my campervan excursions, seeing the beautiful countryside and experiencing the rest of the UK.
The one thing that I discovered during my time in the UK was that the only way to travel around the “old country” was by campervan. Luckily, I chose The Caravan Company for my travels, which may have been the best decision I made during my entire stay. While traveling via campervan may have some drawbacks, the next time I return to the UK, or anywhere else for that matter, I’ll only travel by campervan, and here’s why:
London may not have lived up to the hype, at least for me, but the rest of the UK was stunning in the “Holy sh*t, this place is beautiful” kinda way. Rather than hopping from one Lonely Planet hot spot to another, the whole land is gorgeous and worthy of exploration.
Let’s face it, the more people you meet and the more places you hear about in the local bars, restaurants, and what not on the road, the more your plans will change. If you trap yourself into an expensive hotel room or an eight hour tour bus, you can’t deviate from your plans. This can be a disaster, because you need the freedom to enjoy anything and everything that it has to offer.
2. Meeting People
A lot of people I’ve run into while traveling have voiced concerns over being able to meet people by traveling via campervan. This is absolute nonsense! You can camp your van at numerous parks to fill-up, wash clothes, take a hot shower, etc., and often, these places are the most sociable places you can imagine.
The ability to pick up backpackers along the way is pretty cool too! The random people I met while cruising along in my campervan was completely awesome.
Most people associate traveling to other countries as being chained to a resort or hotel, only being able to experience local surroundings by foot or taxi. When you’re in a beautiful place, like the many I’ve encountered, you want the ability to travel freely, park wherever you want for a photo op, and see the real sights and people of the land.
Let’s be real. Amazing scenery is great
and all, but we’re youthful spirits traveling the world, not baby boomers. Jamming out to old school tunes blasting from the campervan stereo, drinking a brew or two around the dinner table with likeminded backpackers you picked up before a night out on the town, late night rendezvous with Swedish backpackers you met at Castle Stalker – you get the idea. A campervan is hard to beat!
While the freedom, fun, and flexibility of a campervan is undeniable, they can leave you a little cramped for space if you’re travelling with more than a few people. However, that’s what tents are for, right? Also, they can be a little costly for those hoping to hostel hop on $5 a day, but they’re comparatively cheaper than most nice hotels. Plus, you get to enjoy the ultimate traveling experience!